NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ A man who cut off his penis in an apparent suicide attempt was ordered by a judge to have it reattached.

Wednesday's ruling came at the request of Norwalk Hospital, after the 42-year-old man refused the surgery for his self-inflicted injury.

Police said they received a call early Wednesday that said a man was running along a street holding a towel to his bleeding groin. Officers tracked the blood to a house and found the man inside.

He told authorities that someone had told him if he cut off his penis he would bleed to death, police said. A paramedic found the severed penis on the apartment floor.

Following the court ruling, the man was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital for surgery.

It was unclear Friday if the surgery was successful.